Speculation has been rife within the pro wrestling community as signs hint at Randy Orton’s possible return to the WWE ring. For those longing to see ‘The Viper’ in action again, there seems to be a glimmer of hope.
Orton, a 14-time world champion, last graced the WWE back in May 2022, squaring up with Matt Riddle against The Usos in a battle for both Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Championships. Since then, he has been on hiatus, undergoing back fusion surgery that had led many, including experts, to question his return to the ring.
However, recent sightings at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, have sparked rumors of his return. While not yet cleared to compete, Orton has reportedly been spotted utilizing the gym during his recovery period.
Notable insider pages like Fightful Select and PWInsider are ablaze with updates. They reaffirmed that the veteran wrestler has been diligent with his workout regimen at the Performance Center. While he has not begun in-ring training, previous comments from fellow wrestler Cody Rhodes have drawn attention. Rhodes pointed out that WWE enforces all talent to initiate a workout regime before making a triumphant comeback.
While speculation regarding his return has been rampant over the last several months, Orton has remained resolute about his comeback. It’s worth noting that despite maintaining his size and physique, Orton has yet to take bumps in the ring. However, his determination to return despite the risk to his health signaled by his doctors is revealing of his passion for the sport.
In what is considered a stringent policy, the WWE mandates that a talent must work out in some capacity when they are slated to return to action. It also applies to those new and to the company. A high-profile example cited in support is none other than The Undertaker.
Popping up in wrestling news cycles, there’s also a word about Jade Cargill, former AEW talent, reporting to the Performance Center. As more new and existing faces walk through the WWE doors, it remains to be seen who we’ll see next taking the ring. One thing seems certain though – fans of ‘The Viper’ are holding their breath in hopes of seeing Randy Orton make a grand return sooner than later.